Temple: Accused robber given more time to prepare for trial

Surveillance photo. (Temple Police Dept./file)
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TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) A Temple man was granted more time to prepare for his trial on several counts of robbery Tuesday in Waco’s federal magistrate’s court, but the judge went on to set a trial date.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeffrey C. Manske granted the motion to continue for Ronnie Jackson, then set Jackson for trial on April 1 in U.S. District Judge Alan D. Albright’s court.

Jackson is charged with interference with commerce by robbery, aiding and abetting and brandishing a firearm during the commission of a felony crime.

The complaint upon which the charges are based says “On (Nov. 8, 2018) at (9:52 p.m.,) the 7-Eleven, located at 4315 W. Adams Avenue, Temple, was robbed at gunpoint.”

Video surveillance from the store introduced in court showed a man wearing a red hooded sweatshirt, black face mask, black pants, and Nike Foamposite shoes entering the store armed with a brown and black semi-automatic pistol and demanded money from the clerk.

The suspect ran from the store.

Then the same day, a little less than an hour later, the Valero at 1601 East Adams Ave. in Temple was robbed at gunpoint.

Video surveillance from that robbery showed the same man, dressed in the same clothing, with the same gun.

In all, the complaint says there were marked similarities to both of those robberies that indicate the same man committed seven robberies in Temple over several days in November and December, 2018.

Jackson was captured after a traffic stop by a Temple police officer who believed the driver matched the description of the robbery suspect.